|the main course|
If something came out of the cupboard and was half eaten (eg the oatcakes and Bombay mix) I have still included the whole cost (with the exception of the custard.) even if we already had it and did not use it all.
Using what you have saves a lot of money for a meal like this of course but costing it anyway means I know I am not cheating.
|the veg was good gravy on this one too|
Guess what - they don’t like brussel sprouts and we don’t eat them often (nice shredded in salads though) so I needn’t have bothered. The carrots were 40p/60c a kilo and we used about a quarter of them. The quantity of veg could have have easily fed 10 people so lots left for the freezer. (And we eat a lot of veg.) The broccoli was also £1/$1.50.
|A bargain Christmas pud|
|Christmascrackers on the table|
1. I put a note in my diary in November and another in December saying ‘do not buy crackers there are some in the loft.’ Do the same with anything else you buy as a bargain and you will not forget and end up buying more.
· Freeze any left over veg so that it is not wasted. Remember it is the overall cost of eating that is important not just the cost of that one meal.
· Get a chicken or other meat instead of a turkey
· If you are vegetarian ignore the Christmas dinner conventions altogether and just have a nice meal. Do not feel honour bound to replicate what is actually a rather simple meat and two veg meal anyway.
· If you are a meat eater, ignore the Christmas dinner convention and just cook a nice meal too!
· Use what you have. We had a pheasant one year because we got given one. Another year we had trout. We were given some fish by a friend and one was huge. So we kept if for Christmas dinner.
· Keep a look out in the shops all year round.